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Essentials
Kimberly Chun, Andrew Gilbert,Mosi Reeves
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Here are The Chronicle's picks for nightclub


happenings this weekend.

P.o.s.

Tonight @ Bottom of the Hill: P.O.S., nee Stefon


Alexander, is as independent-minded as hip-hop can
get these days, drawing from disparate sources like
goth and spaghetti westerns with the take-no-prisoners
swagger of an ex-punker to make moody tracks like "Let It Rattle," found on his latest, much-praised
album, "Never Better." With Grieves + Budo and Dessa. 9 p.m., $10-$12, all ages. 1233 17th St., S.F. (415)
621-4455, www.bottomofthehill.com. (K.C.)

The junior panthers

Friday @ Cafe Du Nord: Sweet! The S.F. sugar-poppers wax twee, dulcet and hooky in a way that lovers of
the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cause Co-Motion! and the East Bay's Slumberland Records can get with.
Classic '60s pop, psychedelic revival and shoegaze inspirations weave through such songs as "Slow
Release" and "Paranormal," making one wonder, where have these cats been keeping themselves all this
while? With Addison and the Hi-Nobles. 9:30 p.m., $10, 21+. 2170 Market St., S.F. (415) 861-5016,
www.cafedunord.com. (K.C.)

Vitalic

Saturday @ Mezzanine: The electro-house subgenre, that noisily compressed sound inspired by Daft Punk
and made famous by Justice, elicits groans from dance music elitists these days. But Frenchman Pascal
"Vitalic" Arbez-Nicolas is generally acknowledged as a true innovator, thanks to his ability to compose
tracks with real textures, not just kitschy guitar feedback and booming beats. Vitalic released an album,
"Flashmob," last fall, and he'll give San Franciscans a workout at Mezzanine. DJs Nisus and Sleazemore
also appear. 9 p.m., $15 advance, 21+. 444 Jessie St., S.F. (415) 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com. (M.R.)

Tinariwen

Sunday @ Palace of the Fine Arts Theatre: Tinariwen, a Tuareg band based in Mali, pioneered a bluesy,
guitar-driven style known as ishumar, a sound steeped in nostalgia for the freedom of the desert. The
group came together in a military camp in Libya in the mid-'80s, where the former nomads and guerrilla
fighters were exposed to the music of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and various Moroccan rock bands. Driven by
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fighters were exposed to the music of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and various Moroccan rock bands. Driven by
lean, sinewy guitar lines, the band's latest album, "Imidiwan: Companions," features the charismatic
founders Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and Hassan Ag Touhami and younger members who have picked up
Tinariwen's mantle as the voice of the Sahara's Tuareg people. 7 p.m., $25-$65, all ages. 3301 Lyon St.,
S.F. (866) 920-5299, www.sfjazz.org. (A.G.)

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